TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 31, 2020

A ruling from U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. ended the hopes of limited-service restaurants in Memphis that wanted a reprieve from orders closing inside service, the Daily Memphian reports. The ruling mirrors one issued earlier in the week by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla. While both judges recognized the closure has a profound economic impact on these businesses, they did not find sufficient reason to justify a temporary restraining order. As Fowlkes wrote, “The Court recognizes the many hardships imposed by Health Order No. 8. However, Defendants’ decision to temporarily close Plaintiffs is legally sound. What is legal may not always be fair, but legality must prevail over fairness.”